Modartt releases Pianoteq 5!

Modartt has devoted two years of research in developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings more body and soul to the instruments, refining the attack and soundboard model, adding more clarity and authenticity. The refined piano sound is applied to the current grand pianos D4, Blüthner Model 1, YC5 Rock Piano, and the upright piano U4.

Ever since Pianoteq’s initial release in 2006, its physical model has been continuously developed for each major version. Pianoteq 5 refines the attack and soundboard model. The result is a new clarity and authenticity in the Grand Piano models D4, Blüthner Model 1, YC5 Rock Piano and the U4 Upright. A new Grand Piano K2, created for Pianoteq 5, has evolved by combining the best elements of several source pianos. Its 211 cm (6′ 11″) cabinet offers the “magnificent” sound that comes from a perfect balance between warmth and brilliance.

    Prestigious Kremsegg collection

In collaboration with Kremsegg Schloss Museum (Austria), a collection of beautiful historical pianos has been created, ranging from 18th Century to late 19th Century instruments. The collection includes virtual copies of pianofortes, such as a J. Dohnal (1795), a J. Broadwood (1796), and grand pianos, such as an I. Besendorfer (1829), an I. Pleyel (1835), a J. Frenzel (1841), an S. Erard (1849), a J.B. Streicher (1852) and a C. Bechstein (1899). Incomparable for rendering the music of the Classical period, these instruments can also be used for more recent compositions. The late-19th Century pianos, particularly, with a design approaching that of a modern piano, illuminate jazz and other modern music.

    New microphones bring a higher level of control to the recording project

The improved physical model makes it possible to work with directional microphones such as cardioid and figure 8. Fifteen microphones of well-known brands are modelled, increasing the palette of available sound colours. New features have been added: the microphones can be rotated in all three dimensions and attached together for their positioning, and they also offer control over polarity and the proximity effect.

    New product content: to piano or not to piano

Pianoteq 5 comes with three possible “flavours”:
Acoustic pianos (D4 and K2).
Electric pianos (Vintages Tines R2, Vintage Reeds W1 and Clavinet).
Chromatic percussions (Vibraphones, Xylophone and Marimba).

We still have an excellent promo going on the Pianoteq Stage where you can get the product at $99 instead of the usual $159 while quantities last.

Customers who bought and registered the licence after March 1, 2013, get the upgrade for free (log in to the Modartt user area to download). For other customers who bought before the first of March 2014, there is a small upgrade fee.

    New in version 5

- All instruments up-to-date with latest model improvements, D4 and YC5 re-built from scratch.
- Nine new instruments: Grand K2 and the Kremsegg Collection.
- Directional microphones support, which can be rotated in all directions.
- Many microphone models, with various directivity patterns, are available.
- Microphones can be linked together, and then moved or rotated together.
- The polarity of a microphone can be reversed (for M/S recording situations, typically).
- The four pedals have new parameters: Rattle, Lute Stop, Celeste, Super Sostenuto.
- Improved key noises, with an optional humanization of the parameters.
- Pianoteq presets (FXP files) can now embed a short MIDI excerpt.
- Dithering added to the audio export in Pianoteq Standalone.
- Metronome improvements.

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